In the fourth installment of the “Tall Tales” arc of Redneck, readers are entered into the unique world of vampires by creators Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren. Cates continues to hold onto the energy he has cultivated throughout this little southern horror series. The issue itself is focused on establishing the conflict coming to the Bowmans in Texas as further threats to them cast their warriors. By the end of the issue, it’s gearing up to get heavy in the next few issues.
Artist Lisandro Estherren produces some of the finest lines in all of comics. Estherren’s artwork allows for these great gothic caricatures within a modern context at times. The Southern pastiche mixed into the horrorcore of this book really brings about a wonderful layer of historical fiction as well. The different oscillations between the 1800s and now are really captured through the blend that Estherren captures through his hand.
The colors in this book are nothing short of spectacular, as well — Dee Cunniffe really brings out the gothic nature of this book. His layered colors offer a nice shade to the characters, but more importantly, they capture the mood of the entire genre. This is further done through the contrasted color palette in the two different timelines of this comic, which manages to still hold the reader’s gaze despite the narrative focus shifting.
Adding to this is the letterer Joe Sabino, whose ability to layer on the words of certain background texts or even the unique caption boxes are fantastic. Even the unique texts of either newspapers or journals have this uniquely scrawled appearance. His work on this issue alone is simply dynamic and wonderfully great to see on the page.
Overall, issue #28 is simply a fun book that delivers further grandeur into the world of Redneck.